Council cuts web-chat opportunity

Argyll and Bute Council will hold a web-chat on Wednesday, December 16, at 6pm, for the community to ask questions about proposed budget cuts.
Argyll and Bute Council will hold a web-chat on Wednesday, December 16, at 6pm, for the community to ask questions about proposed budget cuts.

Argyll and Bute Council will hold a web-chat session next week for authority residents to pose questions during the budget cut consultation.

The web-chat will be held on Wednesday, December 16, at 6pm, available at Argyll and Bute Council’s website. For those unable to join the session, you can still ask a question by emialing planningourfuture@argyll-bute.gov.uk, or by calling 01546 604171.

So far, nearly 700 people have responded online to the council’s planning the future consultation in the first few weeks after its launch.

Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Dick Walsh, welcomed the response, saying: “This is already a much higher level of response than we’ve had to previous consultations.

“Drastically reduced funding means that the council will have to make very difficult decisions about what we do and how we do it in future. We want to work with our communities in reaching the right decision so hearing the views already of so many people is extremely welcome.

“Through this consultation we are opening up a wide range of the council’s work for input from our communities. We are asking them to tell us about what matters to them.

“Options presented show the challenge that councils face – the drastic reduction in funding expected means that we have no choice but to consider reducing or withdrawing services, as well as changing how we work.

“The need to make savings is long term. Transforming how we work is an ongoing process that we want to achieve with our communities. We are therefore also inviting people to be part of changing how the council works by putting forward transformational ideas that would be acceptable to them.”